The naval powers differ among themselves in geographic position, resources, policies, racial characteristics and military tradition. As the modern navies have trained and fought over a period of many years, each navy under the influence of conditions peculiar to that nation has developed its own accepted methods for providing, maintaining and training its fleet. Among the several systems which have developed within the naval establishment of the United States and under which our navy operates, the system which most directly concerns line officers at sea is the system of fleet training.
There are some officers who will say—perhaps only half seriously—that we have little or no system in our fleet training. If system implies perfection of method, this, of course, is true. But accepted methods, established by authority and adhered to in practice over a period of years, do constitute the essential part of a system and officers of any considerable service in the fleet, who have seen the same cycle of exercises repeated from year to year, must realize that, whatever its deficiencies, there does exist in our service an established system of fleet training.